Four University of Southern Indiana women's basketball players reached double figures in the scoring column and all 11 players that dressed had at least four points as the Screaming Eagles cruised to a 98-52 win over visiting Mid-Continent University Thursday night at the Physical Activities Center.
USI (6-0) scored 17 of the contest's first 21 points to grab a 13-point lead less than six minutes into the game. Five different players scored for the Eagles in the first six minutes as USI built a lead it would not relinquish.
The Eagles, who shot 48.5 percent from the field in the opening frame, built their lead to as much as 24 before settling for a 44-29 halftime advantage.
A nine-minute stretch in the second period erased all doubt about the outcome of the contest as the Eagles used a 27-0 run to turn a 53-36 advantage into a commanding 44-point cushion with just over eight minutes to play.
USI shot 52.8 percent from the field in the second period while holding the Cougars (4-10) to a .269 shooting percentage as it extended its lead to 50 before settling on the 46-point win.
Junior guard Ariel Barnes (Henderson, Kentucky), who dished out a game-high five assists without a turnover, led all scorers with a career-high 23 points. Sophomore forward/center Anna Hackert (Evansville, Indiana) earned her first double-double of the year as she added 15 points, four assists, and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Sophomore forward/center Cayla Herbst (Glen Ellyn, Illinois) contributed 10 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Stephanie Carpenter (Salem, Illinois) chipped in 11 points.
Five USI players had at least three assists as the Eagles finished with 27 as a team. USI also outscored the Cougars, 34-8 in the paint and held a 46-32 advantage on the glass.
Junior forward Stephanie Malone paced the Cougars with 16 points, while sophomore guard Kara Carneyhan and senior guard Lindsey Woodey added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
USI returns to action December 9 when it hosts Marygrove College at the PAC. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.
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